Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Program Highlights

Introduction to Zen Practice

Monday July 6 and July 13, 7:00-8:30 pm

This is a special two-session class. There is no fee. Pre-registration is required. Call or email the Center by Sunday, July 5.

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 9 to July 28

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 11 to July 30

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 25.
(more information)

Buddhist Studies Course

Mindful Speech and Deep Listening
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, June 10 - July 29
(more information)

Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin
Friday, July 10, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, July 12, Noon
(more information)

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota
Seven-day practice period:
Monday Aug. 31, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only:
Friday Sept. 4, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
(The last Sunday gathering before the August break will be on July 26. Sunday gatherings will resume on Sept. 13.)

Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
(No Friday gathering on June 19. The last Friday gathering before the August break will be on July 31. Friday gatherings will resume on Sept. 11.)

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M. (No Wednesday morning meditation on June 3. August
dates to be determined.)

Friday evenings, June 12 and July 24
(more information)

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